I never fully appreciated car photography before this assignment. In this post I’ll show you the work that went into creating the image above.
First some lessons learned:
1. Location. Cars are just super huge shiny appliances like a million toasters or Kitchen Aid mixing bowls. They reflect whatever is in a one mile radius of them. I could not find in Los Angeles an area that was totally devoid of cars, trucks, poles, trees, houses, people.
2. Time of day. Only sunrise and sunset will provide the lighting you need. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a sunrise.
3. Turn front wheels so that you see more wheel and less black rubber tire (I forgot).
4. I also forgot to focus on and highlight identifying features e.g. wheel caps, bumper insignia, etc. Next time! 👍
I met my Bentley owner aka BFF at Dockweiler Beach just below the takeoff pattern at LAX. Sunset was 4:45 we ran off about 40 shots.
The lot was totally vacant except for a huge ass RV, poles, houses are on hill – all reflected in the car. OMG!
I was happy with the soft reflections from the clouds and the warm sunset colors on the bumper and passenger door. So here’s our SOOC image replete with dull lifeless sky, reflections of all sorts (including me) in the body, the requisite windshield stickers, cracked passenger side bumper (oops, how’d that happen?), etc. Let’s see what we can do.
Really enjoyed Pandora’s Sunday Brunch station while working on this image.